|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2019||01-NOV-2018 **||Rolling Admission||11-JAN-2019||21-MAY-2019|
|NOTE: Listed program start and end dates are tentative. If accepted to this program, you must commit to or decline participation by November 15.|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
|Class Status:||2nd year, 3rd year, 4th year||Minimum GPA Requirement:||2.5|
|Language Requirement:||none||Open to Non-UVa Students:||Yes|
|Housing:||Apartment||Language Courses Offered:||Yes|
|Language of Instruction:||English, Hindi||Credit Type:||Combination|
|Program Type:||Faculty directed, Internship||Tuition Payments Made To:||UVA|
|Education Abroad Advisor:||Ryan Hathaway||Application Fee:||Yes|
|Study Abroad Administrative Fee:||No||Subject Area:||Anthropology, Asian Studies, Cultural Studies, Global Development Studies, Global Studies, Hindi/Urdu, History, Internship, Media Studies, Other Languages & Literatures|
UVA in India
The UVA in India spring semester program in Delhi offers an immersive experience for students interested in India, Global Studies, South Asian Studies, Media Studies, Democracy and Public Space, and Hindi-Urdu language, with the opportunity to engage in an internship/research component. The program is supported by AIIS, the American Institute of Indian Studies, and hosted at Jamia Millia Islamia University in South Delhi. Students who have not taken courses about India are also encouraged to experience India this way for the first time.
Spring 2019 Highlights
- On this year's program students will have the chance to witness the largest democracy in the world in action as India votes in 2019
- Experience what it means to participate in the biggest gathering of humans on earth at the Kumbh Mela festival, held once every 12 years in Allahabad, where the Yamuna and Ganges rivers meet
- Engage with environmental issues, justice and inequality, human habitation
- Take courses at an Indian University in addition to the ones offered by UVA professors
- Attend literary-cum-cultural festivals such as the Jashn-e Rekhta
- Excursions to the Taj Mahal and the Himalayan resort of Dharamsala
Read testimonials about life in India from past students (Student Life in India), as well as a UVA Today article and blog post interview from the first year of the program. And check out UVA in India on Facebook!
Delhi is the capital of the world's largest democracy and has been the seat of power for several rulers and many empires for over a millennium. The culturally diverse city bridges two different worlds: Old Delhi was once the capital of Islamic India and features narrow lanes and ancient monuments, while the imperial city of New Delhi is composed of spacious avenues and government buildings. Students will go on excursions to Agra, home of the world famous Taj Mahal and other monuments, and to Dharamsala, a city on the edge of the Himalayas that is home to the Dalai Lama. Jamia Millia Islamia University is a public central university in South Delhi established in 1920 with programs across a wide variety of disciplines, including social sciences, humanities, engineering, business, and fine arts.
Students on this program will take four courses for direct UVA credit. Students from Jamia will also take the courses offered by UVA faculty. As a fifth course, UVA students will take an elective at Jamia for transfer credit. The available course list is still to be determined.
Courses (listings are tentative)
SATR 3300: Literature & Society in South Asia: Breaking the Cast(e), taught by Mehr Farooqi
2019 Spring: SAST 1600 India in Global Perspective, taught by Rich Cohen
GSGS Internship OR GSGS Global Studies Research Project - UVA in India: Internship Examples
Hindi Language (optional, introductory/intermediate/advanced; Urdu and Bengali language may also be possible)
Accommodation and Meals
Students will be housed together in a group house. Each student will share a bedroom with one other student, and there are several common spaces. The house will have wifi internet available, though internet connections in India are often slower and less reliable than in the United States. The program will help secure SIM cards that are capable of making local calls within India and have data facilities. A cook will prepare meals at the house, and cost of breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided by the cook is included in the program fees. The house is located a short walk from the Jamia campus and is also close to one of the newest lines of the Delhi Metro.
Dr. Mehr Farooqi | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Richard Cohen | email@example.com
Faculty in Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures, both Prof. Farooqi and Prof. Cohen are specialists in Indian language, literature and culture, and have guided student groups in India. Prof. Farooqi is deeply interested in bilingualism and multiculturalism, and drawn to translation, literary modernism, intersections between religion and literature, history and art history. She teaches courses on Indian travel writing, South Asian women’s writing, Indian poetry, especially Urdu poetry, literature inspired by the Partition of India, and Dalit literature. Beginning his career as a South Asia specialist, as a Peace Corps Volunteer in India, Prof. Cohen, has administered South Asia programs at four universities. His research specialty is medieval Indian literature. He offers courses on classics of Indian literature, the long history of contact between India, Middle East, East Africa and Europe, and India in current global perspective.
Cost and Financial Aid
The program cost and payment schedule will be available under the "Budget Sheets" link at the top of this page.
Students with identifiable financial need are encouraged to apply for fellowships, scholarships, and financial aid. The Dee Family Global Scholarship awards funds to students doing innovative study or research projects abroad, with preference given to Global Studies majors and those going to developing countries.
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual and flexible basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
Students will need a valid passport in order to participate in this program. Students should ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the expected return date. Additionally, US passport holders and most non-US passport holders will need to obtain a visa for entry to India. The International Studies Office will provide guidance on applying for visas and collect applications in a batch. International students should meet with an International Student Advisor at the International Studies Office for information about re-entering the U.S. at the conclusion of the program.
*NOTE* Citizens of certain countries, including Pakistan and China, may face much longer processing time for visa applications, so international students should be aware of this factor when committing to the program.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.